ACU 2019 Annual Conference


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  • Sunday, July 28, 2019
    Pre-Conference Leadership Workshop

    TITLE: Enlightened Leadership and High Functioning Teams: You Can Do This!  This session will review the characteristics of optimal team functioning and enlightened leadership. and will emphasize the precious role that leaders play in terms of enhanced clinical outcomes, patient experience of care, and team/practitioner wellness and vitality. Lencioni's leadership model will be examined with a strong foundation of vulnerability-based trust, managing conflict and making commitments, followed by accountability and results. Video case example segments will illustrate how these dynamics can become problematic, and when they are in optimal flow.

    Fee  Optional  Closed 
  • Monday, July 29, 2019

    General Session

    8:30 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Opening General Session: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
    Corcoran Ballroom

    Workshop Session #1

    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Decreasing Maternal Child Health Disparities Through Systems Redesign and Shared Decision Making
    Algonquin Room

    The following session reviews the quality improvement initiatives undertaken at El Rio Community Health Center between 2018 and 2019 to explore unintentional institutional promulgation of health disparity.  A team of researchers, leaders, clinicians, public health students and information technology specialists joined to explore systems-based variations in care among childbearing families receiving care in Tucson Arizona across four health delivery sites. Perinatal data registry, electronic health record reports, stakeholder interviews, focus groups and surveys were analyzed to explore variations in process, outcomes and community preferences. A variety of shared decision-making tools were piloted to explore the feasibility of systems redesign to minimize unintentional institutional promulgation of disparity. Moving from theories and a review of the literature, attendees will leave inspired to see how multi-disciplinary teams can work together in a short period of time to redesign services to ensure that the institution promotes family centered care and matches the client’s preferences and medical risk status to the appropriate level of care to promote population health.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Literature on institutional racism and disparity.
    2. The quality improvement process as a tool to minimizing systems level disparity.
    3. Shared decision making tools as they apply to attendees practice settings and their potential role in reduction of health disparities.

    Speakers: Holly Valentine
    Quality Improvement Assistant
    Quality and Compliance Department El Rio Community Health Center

    Caitlin M. Meyer Krause
    Graduate Student
    Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Prescribing Creativity to Heal Physician Burnout
    Smithson Room

    Delivery of medical care has become increasingly automated:  checklists, insurance mandates, and cookie-cutter templates.  We've lost the art of medicine: unique creativity and personal connection in a healing environment.  Not surprisingly, burnout continues to rise.   Right Brain Rescue is a program designed to teach health professionals to access the nourishing power of creative flow state and coach them to develop sustainable, lifelong methods to fight burnout. This self-paced, online curriculum starts with measuring 8 core metrics:  burnout, stress, agency, creativity, emotional control, life satisfaction, self-care, and somatic symptoms of stress. Pre- and post- testing evaluate outcomes. Combining research in functional medicine, neuroscience and positive psychology, participants learn the basics of nutritional biochemistry to optimize energy levels and bilateral brain exercises to prime creativity. Right Brain Rescue infuses creativity and originality back into the exam room to fight physician burnout and inspire physicians to practice the art of medicine.  This presentation details the latest research on physician burnout, how the program addresses this issue, and the progress made to date.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Increase happiness in your practice and fight physician burnout.
    2. Learn nutritional biochemistry and its' impact on stress and energy levels.

    Speakers: Lara Salyer, DO, IFMCP,
    Creator, Right Brain Rescue

    Ursula Barghouth, DO, MHA, MSPH
    Research Fellow, Henry Ford Hospital

    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Zero Overdose: Managing Your Population At-Risk of Overdose
    Douglass Room

    There is no greater health crisis facing our country at this time than the opioid epidemic; and while deaths by accidental overdose have reached unprecedented rates in both urban and rural areas, the underserved across all regions are most disproportionately impacted. More than ever it is imperative that we who serve and advocate for the healthcare needs of the underserved are prepared with the knowledge and tools to effectively address their risk of overdose. In the spirit of Stronger Teams – Healthier Communities, this session looks to mobilize attendees through presenting the latest trends, research, tools and an integrated approach towards managing patients at risk of overdose. Leaders in the field will outline an overdose risk care pathway, as well as the systems and supports needed to implement such an approach. Attendees will learn about innovative ways safety planning is being applied to address risk of overdose and embed harm reduction strategies into treatment planning. Presenters will share data observed from early adopters of the OD Safety Plan, and lessons learned while addressing barriers overcome by healthcare systems seeking to improve how they address risk of overdose.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe elements of the opioid crisis as they impact care and advocacy of the underserved.
    2. Integrate overdose prevention strategies into direct care and treatment planning.
    3. Advocate for organizational level adoption of practices such as safety plans and care pathways to address risk of overdose.

    Speakers: Thomas McCarry
    Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC)
    Director of Substance Abuse Prevention
    The Institute for Family Health


    General Session

    12:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
    General Session: Humor, Resilience and Change
    Corcoran Ballroom
    As health care professionals, we face urgent demands, responsibilities and pressures. HUMOR, RESILIENCE & CHANGE gives us time to step away from all of that, and focus on strategies for our own well-being. Paul Huschilt, Professional Speaker, and Humor and Wellness Expert will make us laugh and re-think our relationship with stress. He will share his techniques on how to get the most out of life, deal with change, and laugh at just about anything.

    Workshop Session #2

    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Equity by Design: Designing Ideal Communities
    Algonquin Room

    What is the role of equity, history, and power in community-centered healthcare? How might we design more equitable communities and systems through the lens of personal and organizational humility-building? In this interactive introductory workshop, participants will learn about and apply award-winning Equity-Centered Community Design strategies to examine how their own identities shape design and decision-making, practice collaboratively co-designing more inclusive and equitable healthcare communities, and begin to develop the foundation for becoming the equity leader or design ally of today and tomorrow. Participants will also explore the reality that systems produce what they are designed to produce, and that we can and must redesign for equity.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn about and practice the Equity-Centered Community Design process.
    2. Define key terms including diversity, inclusion, equality, equity, and community; explore how these terms relate to healthcare.
    3. Collaboratively design ideal communities to explore our diverse assets, beliefs, and values.

    Speakers: Antionette D. Carroll, MA
    Founder, President, & CEO
    Creative Reaction Lab

    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Tracking Enabling Services Provided to Respond to Social Determinant Needs
    Smithson Room

    Enabling Services, defined as non-clinical services that aim to increase access to health care and improve health outcomes, are a hallmark of community health centers, connecting vulnerable patients to supports that enhance their ability to become active partners in their own health care.    Patients with chronic conditions may require Enabling Services such as care coordination, language assistance services, transportation, and/or other supports to help them fully adhere to their clinical treatment plans. Community health centers effectively address patients’ Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) barriers and can benefit from a standardized protocol to systematically document those interventions.  The ability to track and evaluate these services is essential in order for health centers to demonstrate their value in meeting and addressing patient social risks. The Association of Asian Pacific Community Organizations (AAPCHO) offers an Enabling Services Data Collection (ESDC) tool and best practices for community health centers.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Explain the value of Enabling Services data collection to address SDoH needs of underserved patients.
    2. Identify training resources to implement an Enabling Services Data Collection (ESDC) initiative.
    3. Describe the updated ESDC standardized protocol and its role in value-based care payment models.

    Speakers: Joe Lee, MSHA
    Training and Technical Assistance Director
    Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

    1:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Training the Team: Best Practices & Lessons Learned from Training the Front-Line
    Smithson Room

    The healthcare workplace has been evolving a rate few training programs can keep up with, leaving significant gaps in workforce skills. As clinics and healthcare organizations identify new and updated skills critical to providing quality care, choosing the best training method and source can mean the difference for a qualified and well-equipped staff. Does the thought of setting up training for your team overwhelm you?  Are you unsure about how to prioritize topics and skills or how to identify the correct trainings for specific staff types and specialties?  If you answered yes to any one of these questions, this session is for you.  At Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC,) we have been coaching and training healthcare teams on team-based care, Patient-Centered Medical Homes,  care management and integration for years.  Through this work, we have learned what works, what doesn’t, and what is needed to translate skills learned in training into the clinical practice.  Come hear about those lessons learned, learn best practices in establishing training programs, and even leave with a checklist to identify what to look for and consider before creating any trainings for your team.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify criteria to look for in a team-based training/trainer.
    2. Describe lessons learned from training front line staff, including what they really want and need from training and leadership.
    3. List strategies to ensure that the training content is used in the clinical setting.

    Speakers: Yael Lipton, MPH, MCHES
    Curriculum Development Specialist and Trainer
    Primary Care Development Corporation


    Workshop Session #3

    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Health Center Approaches to Team-Based Care for Complex Patients
    Douglass Room

    This workshop focuses on how community health centers are meeting the challenges of  caring for individuals  with complex health and socio-economic needs through refinement of the health care team to address medical/dental, behavioral and mental health issues as well as needs for housing, transportation, food security, and employment opportunities. These needs demand that teams evolve  to support the needs of highly complex patients, and interact and communicate with external organizations and agencies as well as other health care settings to assure coordination, while implementing new workflows, team interactions, and data capture approaches necessary for access and quality care. In addition, policy and payment frameworks continue to present both barriers and opportunities for team-based care. In this session, two health centers will outline the evolution of their teams, and share innovations for timely access of mental/behavioral health services, home visits, care coordination, and adequate and safe housing. Teams will also discuss how the local policy and payment environment impacts the design and implementation of their teams.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Illustrate team-based approaches to CHC identification, engagement and management of individuals with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs.
    2. Identify processes, metrics to support care improvement and positive patient experience in the context of different state policy frameworks.

    Speakers: David Stevens, MD
    RCHN Community Health Foundation

    Dana Longobardi, MPH, CHPSE
    Kellan McNally, MSW
    Fenway Health

    Lakisha D. Samuels, MBA
    Georgia Primary Care Association

    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    PC and BH Integration for Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Algonquin Room

    The presentation will provide research on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have both medical and behavioral health related conditions as well as current workflows within the practice that were implemented to impact service care delivery and care team roles.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify best practices for delivering integrated primary care and behavioral health services for the IDD population.
    2. Describe medical and behavioral health conditions frequently seen in the IDD population.
    3. List strategies for developing self management support to improve health outcomes.

    Speakers: Amy Goodman, LCSW, CPC-A, PCMH CCE
    Senior Practice Manager
    Primary Care Development Corporation

    3:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Preparing Students for Careers in Underserved Settings: An Educational Model
    Smithson Room

    The Physician Assistant Program at Touro University Nevada is committed to addressing a shortage of providers and meeting health care needs of less fortunate members of the Southern Nevada community. Its curriculum incorporates student training in three underserved settings: urban, rural and international. Two key observations have emerged from the program’s experience. First, each setting offers some unique determinants that persuade or deter PA graduates from pursuing careers in underserved communities. Second, it is unclear whether student interest and experience in one underserved setting is transposed to a different setting. This presentation discusses an educational model employed by the Touro Physician Assistant program that focuses on health care for the vulnerable and underserved and interlinks didactic courses, clinical experiences and service learning. The discussion also includes the comparison of facilitators and barriers to healthcare practice associated with each underserved setting. Results of student surveys collected in the Medical Management of Vulnerable and Underserved course and community medicine, international and rural rotations are highlighted.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify determinants that influence PA graduates careers in underserved settings.
    2. Recognize barriers to healthcare practice associated with diverse underserved settings.
    3. Describe how an academic program could incorporate student training in three underserved settings into their curriculum.

    Speakers: Amie Duford, PA-C,
    Assistant Professor
    School of Physician Assistant Studies
    Touro University, Nevada


    General Session

    6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM
    Awards Reception
    Seasons Restaurant
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  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    General Session

    8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
    General Session: Creating the Workforce Team
    Corcoran Ballroom

    Workshop Session #4

    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Academic Practice Partnerships: Role Development for the NP Student
    Smithson Room

    The goal of this presentation is to report on work coming out of academic practice partnerships between three medical practices in Massachusetts (one urban FQCHC, two non- profit primary care practices serving rural populations) and UMASS Medical School Graduate School of Nursing in Worcester, MA established to improve training of both Adult Gerontology Primary Care and Family Nurse Practitioner students. This HRSA funded project’s main objective was to develop a residency for NP students that focused on preparing them for practice with vulnerable, at risk primary care patients. Students in their final year of study completed their scholarly projects in the sites where they completed their longitudinal clinical placements and these projects focused on mutually identified areas for improvement.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the advantages of academic practice partnerships and longitudinal placements for NP students.
    2. Identify how practice focused projects can be a win-win for all

    Speakers: Karen Dick, PhD, GNP-BC,FAANP
    Associate Dean for Advanced Practice Programs
    University of Massachusetts Medical School

    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    Collaborative Telemedicine for the Underserved - The MAVEN Project Pilot in Miami
    Douglass Room

    Many Floridians face limited health care access due to the state government’s decision not to expand its Medicaid program.  Provider shortages magnify the challenges, especially for access to specialty care. In 2017, The MAVEN Project launched a pilot program with free clinics in Miami-Dade (Florida International University Mobile Health Center, Universal Heritage Institute, University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Unit) to bring specialist expertise, via telehealth technology, to primary care providers serving uninsured patients. The program has resulted in additional supports for front line providers, improved treatment plans, care optimized locally in the clinics, and reduced referrals.  We will describe the three clinics involved, the results of the Pilot project including numbers and types of the clinical cases addressed, and highlight illustrative case studies.  We will then demonstrate a 15 minute de-identified Advisory Consult with a MAVEN Project specialist to showcase how the MAVEN Project technology and network can work effectively with primary care providers.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn about how the MAVEN project is partnering with 3 South Florida clinics that serve the underserved to improve access to specialty care.
    2. Witness how a MAVEN Advisory consult works to connect specialists with PCPs via telehealth technology to impact care.

    Speakers: Frederick Anderson, MD
    Medical Director/ Assistant Professor
    Department of Humanities, Health, and Society
    FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Lisa Bard Levine, MD, MBA
    Chief Executive Officer
    The MAVEN Project

    9:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    UHP HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Initiative (PEP)
    Algonquin Room

    PrEP and PEP represent novel tools in the clinicians’ arsenal to combat HIV infection. Urban Health Plan (UHP), a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers in NYC, engaged in a novel training, prescribing, and monitoring model to maintain the highest levels of integrity in its use.  PrEP and PEP protocols, consistent with CDC guidelines, were developed and templates and order sets were created in the EHR to facilitate the PrEP and PEP patient visits. Didactic programs to train providers, and real-time prescribing alerts for monitoring were introduced and maintained by clinician and clinical pharmacy team.  Provider Champions were identified at each clinical site and given an initial training on how to safely and effectively administer PrEP and PEP to high-risk patients; and subsequently all providers were trained to ensure they had the necessary proficiency to administer the medications. Approximately 20 prescriptions are generated by providers on a monthly basis to unique patients, the vast majority for PrEP. Considering the high prevalence of HIV infection in our community, the high efficacy of PrEP and PEP in preventing HIV infection, UHP is playing a key role in combating the HIV epidemic.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the appropriate setting(s) and in which populations PEP and PrEP are administered.
    2. Develop and understanding of how PEP and PrEP differ to interrupt the HIV infection process.
    3. Gain knowledge about useful systems changes needed to implement a successful PEP and PrEP program.

    Speakers: Haydee Maldonado, BA
    Director of QI Data Analysis and Reporting
    Urban Health Plan


    Workshop Session #5

    11:15 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Establishing Vision Services in Your Community
    Smithson Room

    An afterthought in the healthcare community, eye and vision disorders plague millions of Americans, and undiagnosed, these disorders can have a drastic effect on a person’s quality of life. Both ACU and Centene recognize the need for quality vision care in low-income and underprivileged communities, and for the past three years, these organizations have collaborated to bring temporary as well as long-term vision services to underserved communities across the country.

    Albany Area Primary Health Care is the first organization to work with ACU to establish vision services. If you are interested in learning how you can bring vision services to your community this workshop is for you. Thanks to this partnership, Americans who lack access or are unable to afford vision care, will receive the treatment that they need.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify strategies for adding vision services
    2. Understand the different components of vision services

    Speaker: Shelley Spires, MSM
    Albany Area Primary Health Care

    11:15 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Growing Your Own Care Team – Looking at Models for Community-Based Residencies
    Algonquin Room

    Community health centers (CHCs) have a long history of training health professionals to be the next leaders of community-based medicine and serving the underserved. They developed physician residency programs through HRSA’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program to “grow their own” care team. Additional statewide efforts have also paved the way for the development of new, existing, and expanding CHC residency programs. This session will share California’s success in securing $99 million in their state budget for primary care residency programs, acquiring an additional $38 million for graduate medical education through a proposition, and obtaining CMS authorization for PPS reimbursement related to services performed by resident physicians through a State Plan Amendment. In addition to advocating for funding, the California Primary Care Association developed a series of new trainings and resources to programmatically support physician residency programs. Residency has the single greatest impact on where and how someone chooses to practice, so it is critical to break the bottle neck that exists in order to establish a robust care team that is representative and reflective of our diverse communities.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the challenges & opportunities of developing a physician residency program in a community health center.
    2. Identify various strategies states have utilized to diversify residency funding.
    3. Brainstorm ways to build partner relationships that impact residency policy and programming efforts.

    Speakers: Nataly Diaz, BA
    Associate Director of Workforce Development
    California Primary Care Association

    Darrick P. Nelson, CMO
    HMSFMRP Program Director
    Hidalgo Medical Services

    11:15 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Implementing a Population Health Program at Your Community Health Center
    Douglass Room

    Community health centers (CHCs) are ideally situated for population health efforts because of their focus on access, quality, and cost-containment, as well as their historical engagement of marginalized populations. Yet optimal strategies for allocating resources towards population health programs in CHCs are unclear. This workshop will empower participants to develop plans to implement or strengthen population health efforts at CHCs. We draw from our own program at a federally-qualified health center and its four foundational principles: improving the health of defined populations, addressing social and structural determinants, building community capacity, and empowering clinical teams to drive population health management. Beginning as a large-group, participants will identify facilitators and barriers to population health at their institutions. Next, in small groups, participants will brainstorm place-specific levers that can enable resource allocation towards population health management. Finally, the large group will workshop near-term steps and long-term goals for program implementation. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed the scaffold for implementing population health efforts at their CHCs.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the imperative for population health management at community health centers.
    2. Brainstorm local levers that can enable resource allocation towards population health management.
    3. Develop a short- and long-term plan for implementation of a population health program at your institution

    Speakers: Benjamin Oldfield, MD MHS
    Medical Director of Population Health
    Fair Haven Community Health Care


    General Session

    12:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
    General Session: Federal Workforce Policy
    Corcoran Ballroom

    Workshop Session #6

    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Leveraging Technology and Collaborations to Address the Needs of Patients Experiencing Homelessness
    Algonquin Room

    While it is recognized that homelessness impacts both health status and utilization, large-scale prevalence data on health status of homeless populations, utilization patterns and impact of supportive services and housing is difficult to assemble. In part, because healthcare entities do not consistently capture homeless status. Building capacity across teams and health sectors to identify homelessness is critical for public health and health systems to provide coordinated, comprehensive care, reduce costs, and improve outcomes and the overall health of communities.  This presentation will describe a collaborative assessment of homeless data collection practices, including survey results from 11 healthcare organizations in Chicago, such as academic medical centers, safety net hospitals, and a network of safety net health centers. It also includes a crosswalk of Electronic Health Records across these 11 organizations with a homeless service provider database to determine if health outcomes vary based upon identification across both systems. Attendees will gain insights into the challenges and importance of gathering data on homeless populations across care settings and the need for novel approaches to overcome these challenges

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand data collection practices for identifying housing status across health systems, synthesize data from a multi-organization cohort on health services utilization and outcomes of homeless patients, and discuss best practices across for addressing housing status in underserved communities.

    Speakers: Nivedita Mohanty, MD
    Chief Research Officer, Alliance Chicago

    Keiki Hinami, MD
    Attending Physician, Cook County Health

    Fred Rachman, MD
    Chief Executive Officer, AllianceChicago

    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Suicide Safer Care for Primary Care Providers and Their Teams
    Douglass Room

    This presentation will provide specific information on providing primary care to patients at risk for suicide, identifying patients in your practice as well as information on “language matters." This workshop will focus on two core components: screening and assessment, and the care management and referral process for patients’ in underserved communities. Providers and their teams will learn some “micro interventions” to use during a primary care visit, risk assessments and safety planning.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify strategies to implement suicide prevention screening in primary care visits
    2. Explore safety planning for at-risk patients in the primary care setting

    Speaker:         Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R, SAP
    Center for Innovation in Mental Health
    City University of New York (CUNY)

    2:15 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Using the National Health Service Corps Program
    Smithson Room

    The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) addresses the primary healthcare workforce shortage by sending providers to our most vulnerable populations across the United States. By providing scholarships and loan repayments in exchange for working in underserved communities, the NHSC ensures that all Americans receive the care that they need.

    Navigating and understanding exactly how the NHSC operates is important part of utilizing the program, and in this session you will gain a deep understanding of the program. Along with becoming more knowledgeable about NHSC, this session also provides organizations with information on how to get the most out of the NHSC in regards to recruitment and retention of providers.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify and understand the core components of the National Health Service Corps

    Speaker:         Lourdes Montez
    Arizona Alliance For Community Health Centers


    Workshop Session #7

    3:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Connecting Patients with Appropriate Care through Medical & Social Services
    Douglass Room

    The ACTION Program is a collaboration between the University of Alabama’s University Medical Center and the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Services that provides appropriate prevention and response services to Tuscaloosa citizens. ACTION—Appropriate Care & Treatment in Our Neighborhoods—is dynamic and relevant in nature, consists of a transdisciplinary leadership team of nine disciplines, is comprised of both 911-response and preventative services, and includes a team of social workers and medical personnel. This presentation will explore the barriers to providing services for the most vulnerable populations of Tuscaloosa, and how the ACTION Program is working towards being a solution for the Medicaid crisis in the State of Alabama. The ACTION Program is designed to be replicated across cities, counties, and states. We will explore the types of services the Program provides as well as cost savings, issues of infrastructure and accessibility, patient and community education, local hospital partnerships, patient satisfaction, successes, pitfalls, and plans for the future.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify low-acuity response and preventative services.
    2. Apply appropriate skills towards navigating interdisciplinary teams.
    3. Explore the identification of program and social barriers and their solutions.

    Speakers: Paige Parish, LICSW, PIP
    Program Coordinator
    University of Alabama ACTION Program

    3:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    STAR2 Center: Core Components of a Healthy Workforce Strategy
    Smithson Room

    The fuel for high-quality patient care as it journeys through the complicated healthcare landscape is a robust workforce! There are many things a health center can do to fuel up in regards to workforce, and the STAR2 Center is here to help!  Join this session to learn about the makings of a high-powered health center workforce. You’ll not only learn about the key features of a healthy health center, but learn some practical tips to help you as fuel up for the journey.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify the eight core components of a healthy health center as pertains to workforce.
    2. Learn strategies for each of the core components to assist you on the journey.
    3. Identify tools and resources to assist you with filling your health center tank.

    Speaker: Suzanne Speer, BA
    Association of Clinicians for the Underserved

    3:45 PM  -  5:00 PM
    The Beyond Flexner Alliance and the Social Mission Metrics Initiative
    Algonquin Room

    The Beyond Flexner Alliance (BFA) is a network of learners, teachers, community leaders, and health policy makers seeking to advance equity in education, research, service, policy and practice through promotion of social mission. The BFA defines social mission of a health professions school as “the contribution of the school in its mission, programs, and the performance of its graduates, faculty and leadership in advancing health equity and addressing the health disparities of the society in which it exists.”    The Social Mission Metrics Initiative centers around the creation and use of metrics to measure social mission in dental, medical, and nursing schools across the United States. By providing school leaders with a tool to objectively assess the status of social mission at their school, the Initiative aims to advance the field of Social Mission measurement and enhance the national conversation around Social Mission.  Representatives from the Beyond Flexner Alliance will lead a dynamic session examining the history and challenges of engaging health professions schools around this shared mission.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss the vital role of social mission in health professions education
    2. Describe the importance of measuring social mission
    3. Identify partners with common interests and brainstorm solutions for improved inter-organizational and interdisciplinary communication and impact.

    Speakers: Sonal Batra, MD, MST
    George Washington University

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Capitol Hill

    8:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
    Hill Day
    A bus will depart the Four Seasons Hotel at 8:30am to take attendees to Capitol Hill. There will be a congressional briefing on the National Health Service Corps program, 10:00am-11:00am. After the briefing, attendees have the opportunity to meet with policy decision-makers and your Congressional Representatives. This is the time to make your voice heard in Congress!